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Lac La Biche Business News
- Power Up North-Corrigé
Bilingualism is an opportunity to grow our economy.
- Dylan’s Things To Do
Growing up in the Lac La Biche region, I often heard people say, “there’s nothing to do in LLB.” While the statement is still one I hear, I no longer agree with it. Since I started working at our local Community Futures office, some of my responsibilities include creating content for the MainStreet Lac La Biche website, and most of that content includes events, activities, and things to do in the Lac La Biche region. When we were deciding on the layout of the events page, it was questioned if we should even have a calendar layout as it would most likely look empty and barren. We were completely wrong. The issue is not that there is nothing to do in LLB; the “things to do” in LLB were so plentiful, it was a bit overwhelming. Fortunately, the MainStreet site can organize our community events in one convenient location. The events are also searchable and filters allow you to quickly find something to do. Over many years, the idea that “there is nothing to do in LLB” has been engraved into our minds. This has motivated me to create a monthly article highlighting events that are upcoming, interesting, or important. Each of us can create a more engaged and entertaining community; we just need to change a few old attitudes and mis-perceptions. As locals, we should be “in the know,” enjoy our community, and be ready to share with visitors what is going on. If you have any suggestions for events in our area or other story ideas don’t hesitate to contact me. Visit our events calendar at www.mainstreetlaclabiche.com! Dylan Craig is the Business and Community Economic Development Coordinator at Community Futures Lac La Biche.
- Fishing For Our History
The story of Lac La Biche is familiar to some, but our rich history would prove worthy of a PBS mini-series for many young people and new faces to the community. In the coming months, the Pelican will offer a small glimpse from our past and hopefully encourage a few of our readers to find out more. It may not be news to anyone that the Lac La Biche region is often referred to as a hub for sportfishing, but you might be surprised to learn how critical commercial fishing was in developing our community. In the early 1900s, with two commercial fishing plants on the lake, hundreds of fishermen set forth each morning for their daily harvest. Guests of the Lac La Biche Inn in 1916 display their catch. (Maccagno, Tom. “The Lac La Biche Inn: just the place for Jaded Edmontonians.” Alberta History, vol. 61, no. 1, winter 2013, pp. 22+. Gale Academic). By 1916, whitefish from Lac La Biche became a staple on the most refined menus in many larger cities across North America. By the 1950s, more than 2 million pounds of fish were harvested each year. The industry was instrumental in the growth and proliferation of other sectors in the area like ice-making, transportation, mink ranching and tourism. Today, the 150 lakes in the Lac La Biche region continue to be famous for recreational fishing and boating opportunities. All anglers are encouraged to review the 2021 Alberta Guide to Sportfishing Regulations. To learn more about the history of Lac La Biche, visit The Lac La Biche Chronicles at: https://www.portagecollege.ca/LLB-Chronicles. image courtesy of photo contestant Matt Thiel